Book Review #55: The Rake’s unveiling of Lady Belle

Author: Raven McAllan

Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction, Regency

Language: English

Publisher: Carina UK

Date of publication: January 4, 2016

No. Of pages: 200


Everyone has some secrets. Lady Belinda Howells is no different. The exquisite designs of the mysterious dressmaker Madame Belle are the most sought after in the ton, yet only a few are aware of her true identity. Until Lord Phillip Macpherson, her childhood crush, walks into her salon and starts unraveling it all with a mere kiss.


There is something so elegant about reading a regency novel and the feeling of being part of an era that is long gone. A beautiful written romantic book, with the right amount of passion, humor, intrigue and characters who are a credit to the story. Well with the description comprising of dressmaker, my fashionable sense was anticipating more details about clothes with the story written with that as the center. However, the chemistry between the lead characters, and the interesting secondary characters definitely made up for my disappointment.

The characters are definitely lively and interesting and help in making this book fun to read. The character development of both primary and secondary characters hint at a possibility of sequels. Though the language is suitable to the regency era, there is a touch of archaic formality that does make it hard to read some of the chapters. I had to concentrate twice the amount to focus on flow of the story. The cover image is definitely appealing and reflects the extremely long title, and it definitely reflects the chemistry that is prevalent in the book and between all the characters.

My opinion: A very humorous, romantic, passionate book that can be enjoyed by all ladies.

My rating: 3 out of 5




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